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Balancing comfort and style with New Balance

Once a brand for those old folks seeking comfort or those wanting a decent running shoe, New Balance has since evolved into a city-dwellers ideal hip looking sneaker.  New Balance launched their “New Balance Classic” line a few years back and I constantly see people around the city sporting these cool looking yet practical sneakers.  I particularly like the use of unique colors to make their sneakers ‘pop’.  Here is New Balance Classics U455 in this amazing green-grey.

May 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

Slip into these slippers

Haflinger is a brand known to those who are into comfort.  Yet another German comfort brand, color me surprised.  Actually, color me this color purple.  I own these Haflinger Multicolor Soft Sole Slipper in blue and must admit they are both comfortable and smart looking.  Next time, I’ll have to look into the purple shade….

May 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

New Crocs: Still Bad?

Everyone loves to hate the Croc Classic:
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That rubbery playgound material, the gnomish lack of streamlining, and the garish selection of colors they come in, as if the Crocs Corporation shouldn’t be ashamed of their product. Sorry Crocs, but everyone else feels otherwise. But are their products uniformly revolting? I give you the Crocband Flat:
croc flat

The lines and design are…not so bad. It would be fine for a late spring day doing light, enjoyable activity. But then, of course, there’s that horrible material to deal with, and without the ridiculous “portholes” for ventilation, I’m betting these would be a strong contender for the sweatiest-footwear-ever medal. Our vigorous spring day is now transformed into a humid nightmare. Once again, Crocs, thanks for nearly nothing.

If you would still like to bravely try these flats out, be my guest. And let me know how it goes!

May 4, 2010 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

This project needs to be revived

While half-heartedly perusing the new items at the Lucchese site, I stumbled across these gems.

Arkansas

In 1949, the Lucchese Boot Company was commissioned to build a collection of boots-50 pairs of boots, each pair “depicting” a state- for a national advertising campaign. Each boot features unique and exact colors for the states flag, capital, bird, flower and state commodity. I don’t know about you guys, but I am head over heels in love with both this crazy idea and the resulting boots.

Montana

Louisiana

The boots I found only represented about a dozen or so states. Thus, in the interests of all things artistic and patriotic, I think someone should really consider taking on the completion of this admirable endeavor. 50 boots, 50 states. Seriously, we have deprived Connecticut of this honor for far too long.

Nebraska

Nevada

Go take a Look!
Lucchese Boot Co.

May 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm 1 comment

The Doc Marten Boot: From Utility to Underground

dr marten classicdr marten multi

The Dr. Marten boot was first created by Klaus Martens, a German Army doctor, in 1945. After injuring his foot, he created a new, comfortable boot based on the design of his army boots at the time. They were cut from softer leather, and featured a unique, air-cushioned sole. In 1959, manufacture rights were purchased by the Griggs Group, and Dr. Marten was officially re-baptized an Anglo product.

The first pair of Dr. Martens were introduced to the British market in 1960. The boot was immediately favored by members of the working class, including postmen, policemen, and factory workers. By the end of the decade, Dr. Martens had been adopted as the choice footwear of the skinhead movement. The boots were seen to embody the experiences of the working class, and offered an antagonistic counterpoint to the pervasive “middle-class” hippie culture of the time. In the 1970s, Dr. Marten boots grew in popularity within punk and new-wave circles, often worn by the artists and musicians embodying these cultural factions.

Dr. Marten recently re-instituted British manufacture of its products, and these boots are available for purchase for those who wish to make a classic and functional purchase that hearkens back to the golden days of anti-establishment.

Get yours today!

May 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

The quest to find Kirsten Dunst’s mystery shoe

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve loved Kirsten Dunst’s style for a long time.  I’d often see candid pictures of her around wearing these sandals and was never able to track down the brand.. until now.

My internet sleuthing skills have lead me to find that the brand is Worishofer, a German comfort brand.

May 3, 2010 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

$140 plastic shoes

Please don’t tell me this is a new trend. Salvatore Ferragamo presents “Spiffy” Lattice Jelly Sandals. Yes, Jelly Sandals. The plastic, blister inducing 90s childhood shoe of summers gone by is here again for some reason. And these bad boys will cost you $140.

I hope this are going to be worn in the most ironic sense possible.  If not, I declare FUG.

May 3, 2010 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

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